Reproduction Armoire

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Project by Peter Oxley posted 2470 days ago 2332 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A repeat client came to me with a magazine image of an armoire and asked for a similar piece – designed and sized to fit a specific space at the front entry of the client’s 100+ year old home (for those of you on the East coast, 100 years old is a really old house in Idaho!). Construction is of quartersawn white oak and quartersawn white oak ply. The stylized peacock feather design was selected by the client and hand-painted on the larger door panels. The glass was cut and leaded by a local glass artisan.

Is there any better compliment than a repeat client?

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 2470 days ago

Very nice and it is nice to have repeat customers

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 2470 days ago

Nice period piece. I love arts and crafts. Did you fume it? How did you find hanging those really tall doors?

Peacock is not one of your keywords :)


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 2470 days ago

Very nice work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 2470 days ago

Very,very nice work. Repeat clients means your doing something real good!! White oak is one of my favorite woods to work with.

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#5 posted 2470 days ago

Beautiful cabinet!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 2470 days ago

Thats a nice looking armoire

-- Andy Stark

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#7 posted 2470 days ago


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Peter Oxley

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#8 posted 2470 days ago

Thanks for all the positive comments!
Steve – I didn’t fume this … I considered it for about two seconds! I used a sanding sealer to keep the deeper grain from getting a lot darker than the surface, then applied an off-the-shelf stain. The top coats are hand-rubbed wax (almost three pounds of it!) with additional stain between a couple of the early coats to darken some of the nooks and crannies. Actually, the doors weren’t too bad to hang. I cut the hinge mortises in the face-frames and doors before assembly so I be sure they lined up, then I used a loose hinge to mark and drill all my holes. To hang the doors, I set a box in front of the case and set the door on it with a couple of shims to get the right height.

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#9 posted 2470 days ago


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#11 posted 2470 days ago

I’m in the “I LIKE IT!” camp!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 2468 days ago

Looks great. The details really make the piece.

-- Chelle

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#13 posted 2468 days ago

Great woodworking. Great job, thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#14 posted 2465 days ago

DANG! You do some nice work man!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 2452 days ago

Simply beautiful!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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